Three of the hardest working bands in rock n roll will perform live this holiday weekend in the Wheeling Island Stadium!
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is hosting the biggest July 4th weekend celebration with multi-platinum artists Styx & REO Speedwagon with special guests .38 Special in an unprecedented concert event this Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6pm in the Wheeling Island Stadium.

The concert is the final show in Wheeling Island’s Outdoor Summer Concert series that kicked- off with two-time Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam in June.

Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.wheelingisland.com, by phone at 1-800-754-3000 or the day of the show at the stadium ticket box office starting at 3pm. CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 TOUR reserved seating is $45, $40 and general admission $35.

Stadium gates open at 5:30pm. The concert is an all age event and will take place rain or shine.
With thousands of tickets already sold, Wheeling Island is taking precautions to keep the crowds moving safely and efficiently with minimal impact to local residents by recruiting the support of the City of Wheeling Police to assist guests through the best traffic routes.

The CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 TOUR concert will cause S. Stone Street, S. Front Street at Fink Street and S. Penn Street at Fink Street to close from 10:00am-10:30pm on July 5, 2009. Only residential traffic will be allowed.

Guests traveling from the Wheeling Suspension Bridge should proceed to S. Broadway Street into the casino’s parking lot.

Guests traveling from I-70 East or West are asked to use S. York Street, the casino’s main parking lot entrance.

For more information, visit www.wheelingisland.com for a stadium seating chart, recommended traffic routes and ticket information.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is giving guests a chance to win CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 TOUR concert tickets every half hour from 3pm-7pm on Friday, July 3 and from 1pm-4:30pm on Sunday, July 5. Plus, on Sunday at 5pm, one lucky winner will receive 2 front row concert tickets and $500 cash! The giveaways will continue all day with $500 cash drawings from 5:30pm-1am.

Giveaways are open to all Wheeling Island Players Club cardholders. Players Club membership is free for anyone 21 or older with a valid photo ID.
VH1 Classic and Rock Band ® are proud to bring the CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ 2009 TOUR to America, featuring REO Speedwagon, STYX and 38 Special, three of the hardest working bands in rock n roll.  CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ kicked off on May 13th in Albuquerque, New Mexico and features hit-packed sets spanning the course of these three unparalleled rock legacies. 

To celebrate their upcoming trek together, STYX and REO Speedwagon teamed up to record a new single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and STYX’s Tommy Shaw. “Can’t Stop Rockin’” made its radio debut in March and is available for download.

In a prepared statement, Shaw said “It’s been nine years since the Arch Allies tour and it just seemed like the right time to team up with our friends in REO and hit the road again,” says Tommy Shaw. 

In a prepared statement, Kevin Cronin adds, “The world is going through a weird phase, and everybody needs music now more than ever. We all need to join our friends, pool our resources, combine our energies, because there is power in people coming together. That spirit has brought REO and Styx together to write, record and tour together, and celebrate it all with the greatest fans in America.”

CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger among American school children by partnering with “Blessings in a Backpack,” a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to school children in need. Fans attending the CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ tour will be able to help buy food for this valuable effort.
Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. 

Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. 

Every STYX release throughout the late '70s earned at least platinum certification (1976's Crystal Ball, 1977's The Grand Illusion, 1978's Pieces of Eight, and 1979's Cornerstone), and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself.” 
Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit album of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands."  It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter, keyboard player and founding member Neal Doughty, bass player Bruce Hall, lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. 

Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” and “Time For Me To Fly,” timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Don't Let Him Go" and "Keep Pushin."  Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites “Needed To Fall” and “Smilin’ In The End.” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.
Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes co-founded 38 Special in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and have been touring relentlessly for the past 30 years. In its early days, the band built its reputation with its brand of Southern boogie and blues-rock before transforming into a more arena-rock-friendly style, selling millions of albums and garnering fans worldwide. 

Since 1975, the band has released more than 15 albums, most of which reached gold or platinum status.  Among 38 Special's best-known songs are "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You", "Second Chance", and "Rockin' into the Night".  After more than three decades together, 38 Special is still playing more than 100 shows per year.  And at every one of them, thousands of audience members are completely blindsided by the explosive power and muscle of the band's performance. "When we come out, people are like, 'Whoa! It's like a freight train rolling over them…'" says Barnes.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.

Wheeling Island recently won 8 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2009 readers poll including Best Casino, Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best promotions and Best Service.
Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com


Kimberly Florence
Director of Marketing
Email: kflorence@dncinc.com
Phone: 304-231-1839
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